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‘It is less a matter of searching for God than of allowing oneself to be found by him in all situations’, Fr Peter Hans Kolvenbach.

St Ignatius with the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus.  Artist: Unknown. © ARSI - Archives of the Society of Jesus, Rome.  All rights reserved.The heart of the Jesuit ethos is Ignatian spirituality – the way of Christian growth developed by St Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.  At the heart of this spirituality are the Spiritual Exercises in which Ignatius makes available to others what he discovered in his own journey with God.  By sharing these Exercises, Ignatius attracted others to join together as companions of one another, as ‘friends in the Lord’.

The Exercises offer a school of prayer and a means of finding that most precious gift, freedom, through recognition of the fact that God loves us, wherever we are and whatever we have done. Such prayer enables us to overcome any preoccupation with self and to give our energies to serve others.

Source: Ignatian Spirituality on the Australian Jesuits website.